SEYMOUR JOHNSON AIR FORCE BASE, N.C. --
The 4th Logistic Readiness Squadron fuels management flight participated in a Quartermasters Liquid Logistics Exercise (QLLEX) during the month of July.
The exercise involved receiving jet fuel from members of the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA), Army petroleum specialists from Fort Bragg, North Carolina, and local contractors, in order to test the 4th LRS’ fuels management flight secondary receiving capabilities.
The QLLEX is an annual exercise run by DLA and executed by the Army in order to test the regional fuel and portable water distribution in the event of a catastrophic event.
During the exercise Army personnel receive the fuel from a source in North Carolina and deliver it to 4th Fighter Wing where it is then tested by Airmen from the 4th LRS and stored for future use.
“If a disaster were to happen, this exercise proves the DOD has the organic capability to keep jets flying and vehicles powered in the face of commercial sourcing non-availability,” said Capt. Stephanie Teeple, 4th LRS fuels management flight commander.
The 4th LRS’ main mission is to provide support to the 4th Fighter Wing flying mission. In addition, Teeple explains that the 4th LRS plays a role in the larger joint logistical capability in the region and DOD and this exercise is just one way they stay connected.
“By conducting this exercise, we are providing support to our Army brethren in executing their requirement as well as building our joint relationships,” said Teeple.
According to Staff Sgt. Jacob Barnes, 4th LRS fuels service center supervisor, the QLLEX is the largest annual state-side run QLLEX exercise.
Over the course of the exercise, Seymour Johnson AFB will receive 330,000 gallons of jet fuel.